Poland warned that “the evil Empire has been reborn” and accused Russia of threatening “the entire free world”

Mateusz Morawiecki (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo) (JONATHAN ERNST/)

The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawieckihas paraphrased former United States President Ronald Reagan to warn that “The Empire of Evil is Reborn”in a clear allusion to Russia, whom he accuses of threatening not only Ukraine or Europe, but “the entire free world.”

“Russian barbarians threaten not only Ukraine. They are threatening all of Europe and the entire free world. This is not a mere incident, nor a coincidence, nor a manic impulse,” Morawiecki said on his Twitter profile, where he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having built “his evil empire for 23 years.”

“The new Europe understands this. It’s time now for old Europe to understand too”, the Polish prime minister stated on his official profile on the social network Twitter, once again adopting the American conservative discourse, which refers to the states formerly under Soviet influence as the ‘new Europe’.

Morawiecki is visiting the United States, where he has met with Vice President Kamala Harris and has visited the Lockheed Martin plant, an American company specializing in the aerospace and arms industry and responsible for manufacturing combat aircraft such as the F-16.

The term ‘Evil Empire’ was used for the first time by former President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), who referred to the Soviet Union in those terms, led at that time by Yuri Andropovat a time when relations between Washington and Moscow were particularly tense in the context of the Cold War.

Abrams tanks in Poland

Mariusz Blaszczak (Reuters/Johanna Geron)
Mariusz Blaszczak (REUTERS/Johanna Geron) (JOHANNA GERON/)

On the other hand, the Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczakhas also visited this Wednesday a training camp for Polish and American soldiers in Polish territory, where they are also used Abrams tanksmanufactured in the United States, according to the Polish agency DAD.

In this context, Blaszczak has reported that the vice president of the company in charge of manufacturing Abrams main battle tanks has recently visited Warsaw, where both discussed the possibility of establishing a service center for these tanks.

“We are on the right track to achieve industrial cooperation with the tank manufacturer Abrams (…) It is mainly about servicing Polish Abrams, but potentially also other European countries that are interested in buying them,” he said.

Poland will progressively receive a total of 116 Abrams M1A1 model tanks over the next few months, until February 2024.

(With information from EP)

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